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Level: Beginner
Length: 11 mi (17.7 km)
Surface: Doubletrack
Configuration: One-way
Elevation: -
Total: 3 riders
 

Mountain Biking Camel Run

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#17 of 76 mountain bike trails in Mongolia
#1557 in the world

This trail can be ridden as a shuttle, an out and back, or a loop (using the main road of the park). It is described here as a shuttle though we usually do the loop. For any of the three options, you can park a car at the river or at the little paved parking lot above the river along the main road (see the way points on the trail map).

The trail consists mostly of double track and just a little ST, but don't let that discourage you from riding it. It is full of fast fun with a couple of nice climbs (about a mile long each) thrown in for the exercise. There is also ample opportunity to do some "no track" on big slopes and to play around on smaller rock formations.

The shuttle route is difficult to describe, but easy to see on a Google sat image. On the ST trail map, I have posted key waypoints to delineate the route.

The route is 10.6 miles long (17km) and has two main passes along the way. We have named it Camel Run because of the two main passes which can be likened to the two humped camels (bactrian camels) of Mongolia. Plus, there are camels in the area near the end of the shuttle (kind of cool).

The trail, beginning at the monastery, sits at 1722m (5650') in elevation and ends at the Tuul River at 1387m (4550') for an overall nice DH run. The two passes are 130m and 135m climbs, so they add another 265m (870') of descending. All the elevation drop is used well for high speed fun.

The final descent off the second pass is 4 km long (2.5 mi). It is a blast with lots of speed, good flow through the curves, a small jump or two, and a couple of short steep drops -- one of about 30' that you can take at high speeds and hope your tires hold in the scree.

All in all, Camel Run is a fast fun ride in some very beautiful country.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
From Turtle Rock in Terelj National Park, go north 2.75 km to the parking lot of the Aryaval monastery. The road dead ends here.
We like to enter the monastery grounds with our bikes and proceed up the hill and then ride out of the property pretty much due south. You can begin at the suspended foot bridge just below the main building for a little bit of tech on some small rock.
As an alternative starting point, there is also a trail starting at the parking lot heading west that quickly connects with the trail heading south. This is a good alternative if you do not want to enter the monastery grounds with your bike. No one seems to care much about the bikes, so you can start either way.
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  • mongwolf
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    Hello Kareyann77. The trailhead is located 2.65km north of Turtle Rock at the parking lot of Aryabal Temple. The trail is the small dirt road that heads west out of the temple parking lot.

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  • kareyann77
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    From Terelj how can I find the beginning of the trail? Is it by a certain ger camp?

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  • Batrdn
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    Great trail for beginners and intermediate mountain bikers. With crazy descents and just the right amount of uphill and hike-a-bikes that lead to the final smooth DH run.

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  • mongwolf
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    Rode Camel Run as a loop again yesterday with a few other riders. Though technically a beginner route, it is a definitely an intermediate ride due to the distance and rigor of the climbs, especially if you do it as a loop. As a loop, it is 32 km (20 miles), and takes its toll on newer riders. It is a nice ride even for more advanced riders due to its beauty, high speed fun, options to play on obstacles and abundant options to free ride down some pretty big, short grass slopes.

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